LEGO House – a Ninjago fan’s perspective

Last Friday I was lucky enough to able to attend the preopening of the LEGO House. I had a blast. For me,  the event was quite overwhelming. There were a lot of  activities and a whole lot of things to see. The Masterpiece Gallery was truly exhilarating and I was glad to see all of the creations there in person. All the activities I tried worked flawlessly, even though the actual opening isn’t until next week. I’m glad they were functional and that I was able to try almost all of them. They’re clearly targeting younger audiences, but I still had a lot of fun. My favorite one was a fish creator, where you make a fish out of actual bricks, scan it and then it goes on to live in a virtual aquarium. Now if they only used this software to make an automagical brick sorter. Imagine the possibilities, imagine the freedom!

Sadly, none of the activities/content in the upper layers was Ninjago based, but there were some hidden gems here and there. I will try to convey everything as I experienced it, but will also point out all the Ninjago stuff I saw. So, if you’re reading to get an idea of the LEGO House, you won’t find an exhaustive review, but there will be something for you. If you’re looking to see how Ninjago was represented then you should definitely keep reading.

LEGO House - promotional render

A promotional render of the LEGO House

First and foremost, you need to know that everything in the LEGO House is controller via a bracelet that you get when you scan in your ticket. It controls the doors, it controls the activities, it controls everything. You get it right at the front door at one of the several automated machines. I also suggest that you download the official LEGO House app. A lot of the activities allow you to take pictures of your creations and this is the only way you can get them. Unfortunately, this is not clearly explained anywhere, but I hope it will be in the future.

Going inside the LEGO House

The first space you enter is actually a huge square with a lot of benches, sculptures (albeit LEGO built) and other things you’d expect to find in a square. It also includes 2 restaurants and a LEGO store. It has regular, Danish, prices but also sells the exclusive LEGO House Architecture set. The entire space is dominated by a massive LEGO tree that has over 6 million bricks. And I thought I had a lot of bricks.

Once you’re ready to move on, you do so by climbing a set of stairs that goes around the aforementioned tree. As you climb you begin to notice that the tree branches have sets displayed on them. They’re a nice addition and make the tree feel more LEGO like. Several themes of LEGO sets are represented, like City, Castle, Friends, Space and others. Sadly no Ninjago or any licensed themes. I assume these will be changed from time to time so they still might get their time in the spotlight.

The Masterpiece Gallery

At the end of the staircase lies the breathtaking Masterpiece Gallery. The main attraction, this time, is the three dinosaurs taking up the middle. One is made out of duplo parts, one out of system parts and the last out of technic parts. They’re truly impressive, mostly because of their size, but also because of the techniques used to make them. Once you’re done with the drooling, you become able to see all the other creations in the room. After all, they’re all around you. All of the walls have displays with fan-built creations. They’re all masterfully built and a true inspiration. Builders of these come from all over the world so it is a unique opportunity to see them all in one place. These will be changed on a regular basis, so there will always be something new to see, whenever you visit. Sadly, like before, no Ninjago here, not even a minifig. I mean, come on!

Masterpiece Gallery - dinosaurs

The Masterpiece Gallery

The Zones of the LEGO House

The Masterpiece Gallery is surrounded by what the LEGO House staff calls the zones. There are four of them – Red, Blue, Green and Yellow. In the Red zone you get to build different fun stuff – just for the fun of building. The Blue zones focuses more on the ‘combined play’ – via the virtual you influence the physical and vice-versa. For me, the Green zone was the most fun. It contains additional displays, a minifigure creator section as well as a stop-motion studio. And, lastly, the Yellow zone, for me at least, was a combination of all the other zones. You get to express your creativity and use it in a variety of settings. What makes the zones so much better than the rest of the spaces is the fact that it does contain some Ninjago! Now we’re talking!

Green Zone - Ninjago Movie billboard

Ninjago Movie billboard in the Green zone

Green Zone - ninja training in the mountain

Green Zone – ninja(go) training in the mountain

The Green zone has several fan-created models that feature Ninjago-specific parts and/or minifigures on the walls. However, the displays in the centre have several, direct references. The most obvious one is in the giant city diorama – it has a Ninjago Movie billboard. Besides that, the overwhelmingly large mountain diorama has a the Ninja training in a secluded area on the mountain. It has a TV Show Master Wu minifigure overseeing the newer Movie-based minifigures. It was quite an interesting combination to see. Other than these, I did not see any other Ninjago callbacks, which was quite unfortunate.

The History Collection

The last area you can visit before you head out is the History Collection. You have to walk all the way to the basement and is not really promoted like the other areas, so it’s kind of easy to miss. However, you should not skip it, even if you’re going to be late for your airplane. It’s worth it and shows the (metaphorical) foundation of the building you just spent a few hours in. Like the name suggests, the walls of the room show the history of the LEGO brand through text, video and physical exhibits. I never had the chance to visit a LEGO museum (not even the LEGO Idea House) so it was quite exhilarating and informational for me. Ninjago, of course, is an important part of LEGO’s history, so it makes perfect sense that it is well displayed and highly regarded in this room.

History Collection - Ninjago Description

Ninjago’s place in LEGO History

History Collection - Ninjago concept art

Early Ninjago concept art

In the middle of the History Collection is the actual collection of sets LEGO has released over the years. Note that the collection is not a complete collection but rather just a small part of all the sets released. Ninjago is shown in the displays for the year 2017, the year when the (first) Ninjago Movie was released as well as in the year 2011, when Ninjago was first released. A good and well thought-out inclusion.

History Collection - 2017

Ninjago sets in the 2017 collection

History Collection - 2011 sets

Ninjago sets in the 2011 collection

Once you’re ready to leave you need to head back to the ground floor. Before you leave make sure that you pick up your unique polybag of red bricks. Together with the polybag you get a card that displays your unique combination of the bricks in the bag. With that the LEGO House experience is over, but you can visit the restaurants to have a bite or the store to buy a small (or large) souvenir.

If you wish to learn more about the LEGO House (and especially the zones, which I basicly just skimmed over) you can visit the official site. If you wish to see more pictures of the LEGO House itself head on over to our Flickr album.

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